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Thirty prime Co Down acres on sale

By John Mulgrew

More than 30 acres of land close to one of Northern Ireland's grandest private estates has gone on the market for £300,000.

The 34-acre site at Spa Road, Ballynahinch in Co Down sits near to the Montalto estate.

Montalto is a privately-owned estate, which includes 400 acres of countryside. It was also the backdrop for filming of a new Disney series.

The Lodge was filmed at the estate last year, while additional scenes were also shot in Castlewellan and Tollymore Forest near Newcastle.

Montalto House was built in 1760 for Lord Moira and went through a number of hands before being bought by the Wilsons - of generator manufacturer FG Wilson fame - in the 1990s.

The land up for sale is predominately agricultural, with between 20 and 23 acres of "quality farming lands", while the remainder is a mixture of steep land, low-lying lands and a small lake.

Commercial property firm OKT is handling the sale.

Meanwhile, a site in Co Tyrone which belonged to a car company has now gone on the market.

The site on Dromore Road outside Omagh belonged to David Prentice (Cars Ltd) has planning permission for eight semi-detached houses.

It's on the market for £200,000. The site is being sold on behalf of the administrators of the company.

In November, David Prentice (Cars) Ltd entered administration. Bosses had said no jobs would be lost and that it marks a "new era" for the company.

David Prentice is a household name in Northern Ireland, having traded across several dealerships in the region for more than 30 years.

Today, the company runs just one car dealership in Portadown.

Tom Keenan and Scott Murray of Keenan CF, were appointed as joint administrators for the firm.

The company was directed by David Prentice, Valerie Prentice and Joanne Houston.

And elsewhere in Co Tyrone, a bar and restaurant are now up for sale, due to the owner's retirement.

The Gables bar and restaurant, which is based on the Cookstown Road outside Dungannon, is continuing to trade as normal. It's currently owned by husband and wife team Malachy and Joanna Hughes.

Mr Hughes said the business has already had a lot of interest, and he is selling it as he approaches 25 years of ownership.

"It's a grand spot. We have a lot of interest. The majority of them would be looking to lease... we would probably prefer to offload it," he said.

"It's a good thriving business and is well situated and a landmark on that road."

It's being sold by Tom Henry & Co. The restaurant is said to have a "long history of successful trading" and has been under the same ownership since 1992.

It boasts capacity for 150 people, and serves a range of menus including mid-week specials, lunch, dinner, as well as having live entertainment at the weekend.

The Gables says it has space to deal with 270 covers each day, and has a bar, lounge, dining room and conservatory.

Elsewhere a 30-acre former quarry near Tandragee has also been put on the market for £2m.

The huge site is being marketed as suitable for a range of uses, including "landfill or recycling", subject to planning permission. The area is around two miles from Tandragee.

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